CT Scans for Women and Men at Magee-Womens Imaging

Board-certified radiologists at Magee-Womens Imaging have expert training in the procedural and interpretive aspects of CT scans.

And, they work with your referring doctor so you receive a seamless continuum of care.

About CT Scans

Computerized tomography (CT) uses x-ray technology to take multiple, cross-sectional views of the inside of the body.

Primary uses for CT scans include:

  • Studying the chest and abdomen
  • Determining the size and location of a tumor
  • Diagnosing and treating skeletal problems
  • Diagnosing blood vessel diseases
  • Planning radiation treatments for cancer
  • Guiding biopsies and other surgical procedures
  • Identifying injuries from trauma

Your doctor will refer you for a CT scan.

What to Expect During Your CT Scan

CT procedures require you to remain very still. Typically, they take about 10 to 15 minutes.

During your CT scan:

  • You will lie on a movable bed that slides into the donut-shaped CT scanner.
  • You might receive an IV in your hand or arm for saline solution and contrast material. The contrast material might make you feel warm and flushed. Otherwise, you should feel no pain.
  • Your Magee technologist will monitor you at all times.
  • The machine will take a series of pictures of the area of your body that is being studied. Your bed may move slightly between pictures.
  • You might need to wait for the radiologist to review your images in cases he or she needs to take more pictures.

When your scan is over, the technologist will come in to the room and help you off the table.

The Results of Your CT Scan

Your Magee radiologist will interpret your CT images and collaborate with your doctor to determine an accurate diagnosis and develop an individualized treatment plan that best suits your needs.

Your doctor will discuss the results of your CT scan with you.

Contact Magee-Womens Imaging

To make an appointment, or for more information on CT services at Magee, please call 412-641-4500or 1-800-649-4077.

CT Images

Compared to regular x-rays, a CT scan produces clearer images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue, blood vessels, and other areas of the body.

American College of Radiology Accreditation

Our CT services and facilities are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

 

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